If you owe the IRS money and cannot pay your tax bill in full, an installment agreement may be an option to consider. An installment agreement is a payment plan that allows you to pay off your tax debt over time, with monthly payments.
The IRS offers several types of installment agreements, including:
1. Guaranteed Installment Agreement: This is available to taxpayers who owe less than $10,000 and can pay off their balance within three years.
2. Streamlined Installment Agreement: This is available to taxpayers who owe less than $50,000 and can pay off their balance within six years.
3. Partial Payment Installment Agreement: This is available to taxpayers who cannot pay their entire tax bill, but can pay a portion over time.
To apply for an installment agreement, you will need to fill out Form 9465 and provide information about your financial situation. The IRS will review your application and determine if you are eligible.
Once approved, you must make monthly payments on time to avoid defaulting on the agreement. The IRS may also charge interest and penalties on the remaining balance until it is paid off.
It is important to note that installment agreements do not eliminate your tax debt. You will still owe the full amount, plus interest and penalties, until the balance is paid off. Additionally, if you fail to make payments or default on the agreement, the IRS can take legal action to collect the debt.
If you are struggling to pay your tax bill, an installment agreement may provide much-needed relief. Consult with a tax professional to determine if this is the right option for you.